Parkwood girls pull away from Cox Mill
Junior forward Emry Tsitouris and sophomore guard Lillian Geehring each scored nine points to lead Parkwood High’s girls basketball team to a 45-23 win over host Cox Mill in the first round of the CMC-NorthEast Christmas Tournament on Thursday.
The Rebels are now 7-0 on the season, while Cox Mill fell to 3-7.
Parkwood held a 19-8 advantage at the half before outscoring the Chargers 26-15 over the final two quarters to pull away.
“I thought we did a real good job defensively,” said Rebels coach Don Mather, whose team didn’t allow more than eight points in a quarter. “We weren’t shooting well, so we had to use our defense to get us some layups on the other end.”
Tsitouris was held well below her season average of 22.8 points per game, but did contribute 13 rebounds and six steals — both team highs.
“She’s huge,” said Mather of Tsitouris. “She’s our leading rebounder and she’s a force inside for us. When we’re not making shots we try to get the ball inside to her to kind of settle us down a little bit.”
Senior guard Maggie Smith added eight points for the Rebels, which also got six points apiece from senior guard Kaci Coffey and sophomore guard Lauren Brown.
Parkwood plays Southern Carolina Conference foe Weddington in the semifinals today starting at 7 p.m.
“You want to be able to win when you don’t have a good night, and that’s what happened for us (Thursday),” said Mather. “(Today) we better be ready to have a good night because we’re playing a really good team.”